[QUOTE]I'm glad that you've cured all the rearers you've ever met. It is still my opinion that there is no true cure for a rear. Not even old age. And I do believe horses can be ornery. It doesn't mean he's not smart, doesn't mean he's not kind and loving... Just ornery. It's part of what I love about him.
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No, there is no "cure"... as in if the horse is allowed to get back into the bad habits it will rear again.
Those I worked with, I also worked with their owners - so it was understood why the horse was rearing and how to prevent it in the first place. THAT is why they didn't do it again - not because they were "magically" fixed.
It's simple biomechanics - a horse cannot rear if it is going forward. So no, your horse does not have a SOLID forward all the time if he is still rearing. He may understand how to go forward - but chooses to ignore you when it suits him - which means he is NOT going forward.
When you ask a nervous, fidgety horse to stop - and try to hold it in place you will get them to rear. Why? Because they feel they cannot move any other way (which is "quite right" - you asked them to halt)... the thing is, the "solution" to a horse who fidgets is not to try to hold them in one place - a "nervous" horse (I consider any horse who will not stop and stand to be "nervous" - it's a general term I'm using) will never learn patience or to stand quietly by trying to force it to stop.